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Cruciform Library iSkills Blog


Tips; resources and news from the Cruciform enquiries team


New UCLH computers

By ucylam1, on 7 August 2015

photo 2 A very brief blog post to highlight recent updates to facilities at the Cruciform Hub. Since August 2015, there are now UCLH computing facilities (aside from the Explore Access Point machines in the Library and existing computers/laptop loans for UCL students & staff). These are available near the library desk with two dedicated machines as well as a printer for use by UCLH NHS Foundation Trust staff.

The two networked computers give access to the UCLH desktop, accessible only by Trust employees in possession of a UCLH username & password.

UCLH staff may print from the UCLH networked computers using the dedicated printer provided adjacent to the machines.

All NHS staff who have registered as library members may also access the internet on their own laptop, tablet or smartphone in the Library by asking Cruciform library staff for a UCLGuest account for wi-fi access. For comprehensive information please see the Cruciform Hub website.

BMJ Best Practice App

By ucylam1, on 19 June 2015

This post is a brief set of instructions for UCL medical students trying to download the BMJ Best Practice App:- 

  • Create a personal Best Practice username and password first, whilst on a UCL computer.
  • Accessing Best Practice on a UCL computer should recognise UCL as your home institution on the right hand side of the screen. The exact URL is http://bestpractice.bmj.com/best-practice/mybp/mybp.html.
  • Alternatively, choose BMJ (Best Practice) from the databases list via the UCL Library website.
  • Once you’ve registered on the Best Practice site, you can then use that username and password when logging into the app. You should not then need to enter an institutional login, although you may need to download the app contents on site (this may take up to 10 mins for all topics to update / download).


E-resource of the month (June) – Dynamed Plus

By ucylam1, on 8 June 2015

images2309 This month’s Cruciform Hub e-resource is aimed squarely at UCLH NHS clinical staff and requires an up-to-date Open Athens login. Dynamed Plus is a point-of-care tool building on its precursor, Dynamed, but with additional features which users familiar with point of care tools may have come to expect such as images, medical calculators, overviews of conditions and patient information.

Access for UCLH staff is by logging into My Resources from OpenAthens where it can be selected from the Dynamed link.  images234534

ProQuest guides and help

By ucylam1, on 2 June 2015

imagesuyAs a result of recent advertised platform changes to how NHS UCLH users (ie those working solely for UCLH NHS) are able to access Medline and PsycInfo remotely via OpenAthens, this short blog post highlights some guides available for ProQuest databases for users who may be unfamiliar with the new interface.

Support is available via the Health Education England (HEE) Library and Knowledge Services (LKS) support page.


There is also a specific guide for how an HDAS or OVID search may map in ProQuest.


E-Resource of the month – SPORT Discus

By ucylam1, on 29 May 2015

imagesWith recent ‘fever-pitch’ level interest in sports-related topics in the media and an increasing number of sports medicine enquiries at UCL Cruciform Hub this month, SPORT Discus is this month’s e-resource of the month. Whilst Sports Science researchers may already be familar with databases such as Pubmed, Medline or multidisciplinary resources like Web of Science, SPORT Discus is a specialist sports science resource, indexing over 600 journals plus dissertations; conference proceeding and magazine article records.

 The EBSCO search platform allows for mapping terms to thesaurus for subject headings as well as advanced search techniques like truncations, wildcards and proximity operators.

As with other resources, UCL students and staff can access this database via the library pages, selecting ‘Electronic Resources’ and ‘Databases’ before choosing SPORT Discus from the alphabetical list (off-site access will require ISD login).

#KAW2015 and beyond

By ucylam1, on 21 May 2015

As some of our readers at the Cruciform may or may not be aware, Learning at Work and Knowledge Awareness Week (KAW 2015) is drawing to a close, but this post is a reminder that our specialist library staff are on-hand all year round to offer help with finding resources and with specific biomedical e-resource support.

Aside from providing freebies and stationery requests, Library Staff can offer support with medical databases such as Medline or Web of Science; help with accessing Point of Care tools like UpToDate or provide refresher training for reference tools such as Endnote or Mendeley. Check for upcoming sessions at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/training or for biomedical students, staff and NHS users whose home library is the Cruciform Hub, please email lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk with your training request for tailored 1:1 support.


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E-Resource of the month – ERIC

By ucylam1, on 28 April 2015

After a short gap, our regular E-Resource of the month feature is back with an Introduction to ERIC for this post. ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) is the world’s most widely used index to educational-related literature. Cruciform Hub users may ask how this resource fits into our normal spectrum of Biomedical e-resources, but ERIC is also useful for cross disciplinary or psychology related topics, in addition to multi-disciplinary resources such as Web of Science or Scopus.

Key points: 1.5 million records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books

Over 650,000 records from scholarly journals, 225,000 records+ from reports, conference proceedings & 14,000+ reference records

How to access:-

Access as with other databases, is via the library pages, selecting electronic resources and databases, then either selecting it from the drop-down list for Psychology or finding it alphabetically. There are 2 versions available at UCL: via EBSCOhost or via ProQuest and the free interface can be accessed via the Education Resources Information Center website.

Remote access is possible by again going through the UCL Library web pages, finding the resource as before and entering in UCL ISD login details when prompted.

NHS Users – Act now to make sure you don’t lose your Medline & PsycInfo searches !

By ucylam1, on 13 March 2015

Adapted from materials produced by Kate Brunskill,UCL IoN Library and NICE

This post is to advise our NHS UCLH users about upcoming national changes, from 1 April 2015, to the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) interface Databases for Medline and PsycINFO via NHS OpenAthens. UCL researchers accessing OvidSP Medline or PsycInfo via the UCL library electronic resources pages are unaffected.

Information about the changes can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/m3j9oho

 What’s happening?

We have been informed that it is not possible to migrate your HDAS searches and alerts for Medline and PsycINFO to the new ProQuest interface and you must follow the instructions below before 8am on the 30th March 2015 to retain your search details.

 What you need to do

First, note whether your searches and alerts have been saved inside HDAS or inside OvidSP then follow the instructions below. Please feel free to contact your UCLH Library Service if you have questions, or if you need any help with this process.

More help is also available at: NICE library and knowledge services staff communities page.

 Instructions for HDAS

If you have a search saved inside HDAS:

  • go to HDAS and log in
  • click Saved Searches to see a list of your searches
  • tick the box next to the search you want to save and click Run Search
  • when it has completed, highlight the search steps displayed onscreen and copy the text into Word.

If you have an alert saved inside HDAS:

  • go to HDAS and log in
  • click Alerts to see a list of your alerts
  • for the alert you want to save, click the link underneath ‘Search name’ on the right hand side and then click Run Search
  • when it has completed, highlight the search steps displayed onscreen and copy the text into Word.

 Instructions for OvidSP

If you have a search or an alert saved inside OvidSP:

  • go to OvidSP and log in (using Athens login, top right)
  • click My Workspace and login; click My Searches & Alerts to see a list
  • click the tiny pencil icon next to the search or alert you want to save
  • highlight the search steps displayed onscreen and copy the text into Word.

 What happens next?

You will need to manually re-enter your search when the new interface has been switched on 1 April 2015. You will not receive any alerts until you re-enter the search.

  • From 1 April to July 2015 there will be a period when we have access to reduced search options and the differences between the previous and the new search fields and limits may mean that your search cannot be replicated exactly.
  • After July 2015, full search options should become available and you can re-instate any settings you have been missing.

 Just to re-iterate, these changes only affect NHS users accessing HDAS or PsycInfo via Open Athens, and there are no changes for those with UCL ISD access, or working on the walk-in Explore machines. If you have any queries, please email lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk or contact other UCLH Library Service staff.


Installing the new DynaMed app (NHS UCLH users)

By ucylam1, on 9 March 2015

Specifically for our UCLH users or those UCL Staff also working at UCLH, this post looks at installing the updated Dynamed app for mobile devices. The new DynaMed app features a simpler way to authenticate your device and no longer requires contacting Dynamed Support for a serial number. The app works on up to 3 devices and also has offline content.

The app requires:

  • A current OpenAthens account
  • Any iPhone® or iPad® or iPod touch® running iOS 7.0 or higher
  • Any Android device running Android 2.4 or higher
  • At least 500MB of memory.

 For information on how to use the app after you’ve installed it, please see EBSCO’s guide: Using the DynaMed app – FAQs .

To download and authenticate the DynaMed app:

  1. Download the free DynaMed app from the iTunes App store/Google Play
  2. Access DynaMed by logging in with OpenAthens
  3. dm1Click on the Mobile link in the DynaMed toolbar at the top of the screen.
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    Enter your email address and click Send.

  5. An authentication link is emailed to you.
  6. Open the email from your mobile device and tap the authentication link (valid for 48 hours) to authenticate the app.
  7. The DynaMed App opens on your device and begins the initial content download (requires wi-fi)

 This post is adapted from http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=3923 (accessed 08/03/15).

Keeping aware of new healthcare evidence

By ucylam1, on 11 February 2015

What is Current Awareness?

Whether you are a medical researcher at UCL or a clinician at UCLH keeping your team up to date with the latest research, Current Awareness Services send information about the latest publications to you via e-mail or over the web. Services are usually provided by libraries and organisations within their remit to promote the use of good current information and evidence based practice.

Current Awareness Services
The LondonLinks website, maintained by the electronic Knowledge Access Team (eKAT) for the London Health Libraries network and monitored by the London Health Libraries Council has a number of useful resources including links to Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) and Current Awareness Bulletins for Nurses and Professions Allied to Medicine, produced by the Bloomsbury Healthcare Library.http://www.londonlinks.nhs.uk/current_awareness


Eyes on Evidence, the monthly e-bulletin from NICE Evidence Search, also has updates of new and important evidence and key developments on the Evidence Search portal. Readers can also submit comments and feedback on articles and evidence contained in previous issues. The bulletin comes out on the second Wednesday of the month and can be sent to any e-mail address. To signup, please go to:



NICE Evidence Current Awareness Bulletins



If you have any queries regarding current awareness services via the Cruciform Hub medical library, please email lib-crucienq@ucl.ac.uk .